Channel: Zaid Shakir
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in light of the current circumstances that we find ourselves in in this country.
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Allah subhana wa tada has brought about a certain set of circumstances for angle Neela. You read. And a lot of Tyler does what he pleases. That challenges Muslims in particular ways but also challenges. Other
groups of folks that we share this country with
African Americans are certainly challenged greatly by the turn of events. Many of our Latino brothers and sisters are challenged
native folks, I challenge environmentalists are challenged Muslims aren't the only people challenge, right? In fact, a whole lot of fine folks who didn't buy into the racist dog whistle politics. And certainly the election was more than about race outcome far more than about race. But race is a part of it. As it's been a part of American history from its inception.
At the very beginning, it was a constitutional debate. How do we reckon the enslaved population was exclusively African in terms of congressional representation, the decision will record a slave as county for three fifths of a human being not in terms of their human worth, that was still zero. But in terms of determining and proportioning congressional representation in the southern states. And so the number of representatives based on population, the slave will count as three fifths of a men
and determining how to apportion congressional representation. So race is initially at the very beginning.
Half a century later, there's a civil war
In this country, at the heart, the defining issue, again is the issue of slavery, the issue of race.
And half a century later,
when the great African American intellectual web Dubois
described the coming century, what did he say? He said the problem of the 20th century will be the question of the color line. Race is still an issue. Half a century later.
You have brown versus the Board of Education.
Separate is not equal. And at the heart of that is race.
1012 years after that, many of our cities are on fire wats
Los Angeles, Newark, New Jersey Detroit, which is never rebuilt.
Philly parts of Philadelphia, Washington DC iconic picture of the Capitol building with this smoke rising in the background.
North Hartford, Connecticut,
And what are those riots call they're not called social justice riots they're not called domestic unrest are called race riots, race is still an issue.
And now we see half a century later, racist still an issue. And America.
As most of them we should not be drawn into sort of a Manichaean black and white or not intended dynamic that looks at these issues in unwanted ways.
We should not be led to believe that these fringe elements that build themselves empowered by a candidate who made those denigrating and racist remarks about Mexicans and African Americans and Muslims.
That those elements, many of whom are acting out in these days, and coming out in the open filming embolden that they represent the majority.
that Trump was victorious, primarily has nothing to do with race races there, as we said, from the inception of the Union races there, and races still here. And there have been a tremendous advancements. And there have been some setbacks. But at the issue, that at the heart of the issue
is that President Obama did not deliver on his promise for change. He was the Trump in 2008.
And every one of those states that have overwhelmingly white majorities that Trump won, Obama won in 2008, promising change we could believe in and people put their trust in Him.
All those white folks in Indiana put their trust in Him.
And in Florida, and North Carolina,
and Michigan, which is kind of 5050 overwhelmingly for Obama,
all of those states that Trump won, Pennsylvania,
So if it was just that these people are inherently racist, Obama would have never won, because they all have overwhelming white majorities. So there's more than race at work here.
And as Muslims, we should be cognizant, cognizant of that. But saying that there have been some elements, as we said, who have been emboldened
by the kind of rhetoric and the kind of weak
that they've gotten from Mr. Trump.
And as a result, many Muslims are fearful not all Muslims. Some Muslims understand is just another day in a hole in the hood
is another day in America.
Another day in the dunya, for that matter.
This is the abode of trials and tribulations we shouldn't expect that this is easy Street. We shouldn't expect that we're floating down the river of serendipitous bliss. On the good ship lollipop. This is the dunya and the law says about this
dawnia when and when a new one. in mental health, when you're well not similar and when will enforce when we're best shooters saw beauty there, surely we're going to test you in the first thing he says, with something of fear, not words, we're not going to overwhelm you. But you will be tested with fear. So if you're afraid understand this is part of the test that was promised us with fear and hunger, and loss of lives and wealth and fruits, good, glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. That's the challenge. We have to keep going brothers and sisters.
We made too big of an investment
in this country. Some of you have businesses, you have homes, you're gonna walk away from it. You're not going to fight for it, you're not going to defend it. You're going to just get shaken panic.
You're not going back to Syria right now.
You're not going back to Palestine?
You're certainly not going back to Yemen right now. You're not going back to Kashmir. You're not going back to Somalia.
Where are you going to go?
w b. w. Eb Dubois. He had a very famous adversary who had a different view of how the African American people should approach the issues that were confronting our community after slavery, who Booker T Washington. And one of the things that Booker T Washington, a phrase he made famous was cast down your bucket where you are, the water is sweeter up the river. The water is is sweeter on the other side of the ocean. A law puts you right where you are. God puts you right where you are, in his case in the south. All right, so roll up your sleeves and get busy in the south. And so he founded Tuskegee Institute in the heart of the cotton belt,
right there in Alabama.
And he started training people to be independent and self reliant and responsible.
So as Muslims, we need to cast down our bucket where we are for law put us in America, he put us here for a reason.
And he never promised us a rose garden just like he hasn't promised those who preceded us, a rose garden. One of the reason that many Muslims feel so disenfranchised, is because we don't study history.
We're disconnected from history.
And another reason is because there there are vestiges
of racism that afflict and affect our own consciousness.
If we know the history of America, then we know number one,
that Muslims were here before America was in Islam.
We know that this land is intricately connected and tied up with the history of these lands that came to be known as the new world.
Just a fruit, a few brief examples, during the times of Spanish colonization.
The first just to show you how intertwined Islam is with the history of these lands. And so what a lot of these racist and anti muslim elements are trying to do is trying to say Islam to some foreign alien phenomenon that has no roots and has no belongingness here in this land. And of course, the who knows his or her history knows that Islam is intricately tied up with this led
by example, 1522
on the island of Santa Domingo, the current Dominican Republic and Haiti.
That island was a Spanish plantation then it became under French authority and you got hated
that Ireland was the scene of the first slave revolt in the Americans
and those slaves who revolted with a wall of Muslims from present day Sinhala
and the plantation owner
was done Carlos cologne. No Don Carlos Carlos cologne was Done. Done.
Carlos cologne was the son of Christopher Columbus,
Christopher Columbus, his son had Muslims on his plantation.
Over 200 years before America will become the United States of America
16 5065 the first structure built in what will become or the the oldest extant structure more accurately, and what will become the United States of America, the Citadel in Fort Augustine, Florida, which was under Spanish control until the 1830s.
That Citadel was built largely by Muslims moriscos, those people in the Iberian Peninsula who are forcibly converted to Islam.
Many of them when they came to the new world, they started practicing Islam again. And many of those Moorish those who built that fortress, they started affirming this now again, and they carved the you can still read in the archway across the street from the fortress, the theme of the andalusi and Muslims will have his own law.
There is no victory except
this is this is Muslim history in the Americas, visit your roots in America. And then when the during the period, a period of British colonization, the oldest acts that work of literature, dealing with an African in the Americas
is the biography of Jovan Solomon, a you've been sued a man the fortunate slave,
who was the heart of the end was a scholar of Islam, taken into slavery, sold in Annapolis, Maryland, to a plantation owner in Kent County, Maryland.
18 months he stayed in bondage, hence the fortunate slave he ran away he wasn't beaten when they caught him. He was given Why did you want to come play in peace. They gave him the musala he still couldn't pray he still did. It wasn't happy. Being a slave, he wrote a letter in area to be sent to his father,
carried by the ship that brought him in bondage to America. He heard the ship and returned to Annapolis. He wrote in a letter and
the letter reached Annapolis this ship has sailed to England The letter was sent to England the ship has sailed on to West Africa. The letter ended up in the hands of James Bartholomew who is the founder of over four consortia James obofour, one of the founders of the originally slave free colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe couldn't read Arabic, he sent it to the Oriental oriental this that Oxford University, they translated he was so impressed with the year edition of the writer, he himself liberated, a human soon a man, the fortunate slave, and his story,
which you can still read. I've seen an original copy of the book in the schomburg Museum in New York City.
He wrote three copies of the command from his memory while he was in England, and we have pages from that must have.
This is your history. And we can go on believe time is limited. The point is, many of us don't connect to that history, where they recently renewed roots, where roots start and many of you saw, if you didn't see it, you need to see it, because it's part of our history.
It started in a Muslim village on jufa Island, off the coast of Gambia. That's where the story of koonta kintail starts.
Ellis Haley traces random African American, Alex Haley traces his route, he ends up in a Muslim village.
But we don't relate to that history. Those are our roots.
At the time of the founding of this country, there are three groups that might be considered the original
inhabited inhabitants of the United States, the white settlers, the native people, many of whom were subsequently killed off in a horrific genocide.
And then the African slaves who probably outnumber the white settlers
certainly outnumbered any one group of white settlers, hence, white people, white people were invented in America.
There are no white people in Europe.
No white people period color this brother shirt.
But in Europe, their goals and francs and dots and Visigoths and Britain are Welsh and Scots and Irish men and women. No white people. Why people was were invented in America so that collectively the stats and the wealth and the rest could collectively outnumber the slaves. The black people. There's no black people in Africa. The role of Fulani, mandinka Howser bambara.
No black people.
This is a unique American phenomenon. But at the founding of this country, those are the indigenous groups of the African slaves up to 20% more Muslims.
So your Muslim
brothers and sisters, sisters to some of you saw or read the book of the legals, which was a fictional fictionalized story of mn MN, Amina to
young Muslim girl taken nine years old herself, sold into slavery and becomes instrumental. And leading a group of freed slaves from New York after the rubble as the Revolutionary War was on the verge of being lost, because the free slaves naturally supported the British.
And so they fled to Canada, and then they will go on to be instrumental and helping to establish Liberia.
Well, in any case, 20% of those slaves, that's a conservative estimate, were Muslims. So in other words, your Muslim brothers and sisters, they invested their blood, sweat, tears and free labor.
In giving this country that competitive advantage that it needed to become a 20th century superpower, their free blood, sweat, tears, and their free labor in the 19th century, laid the foundation for that.
So I don't know about you,
not walking away from that investment.
Until that note is cashed.
I'm not gonna let their sacrifice go in vain. But many of us don't relate to that history. Because they're not our people. They're not South Asian. If those slaves were South Asian, that is celebrated in the Muslim community, they're not Arabs.
If there were Arab, we have an entirely different approach. And we're Africans. And so somehow, they're not quite related to us.
We have a spiritual brotherhood, and sisterhood.
It's not based on skin color.
And because it's not based on skin color, that original community
could accommodate the Arabs,
such as Abu Bakr, earthman, Adi,
Omar rhodiola. And of course, the prophet himself still alive. It can accommodate the Asian such as sentiment and fantasy. Because accommodate the African such as black and own Amen, amen. Baraka and have this year,
they can accommodate the Europeans such as to haber Rumi, and from that foundation, it can go forth and become the most widely practice religion on Earth, from Mindanao
from Siberia, and Crimea, and Albania, and Bosnia, to South Africa.
And now here in the United States, where people in this Masjid,
where we have Arabs, and we have Africans, we have Europeans and people of European descent, and we have Asians
all joined together, there's only one common denominator we have. And that's Islam. And that's the power of Islam. And so we should be the people who are adamant that any force in this country is going to rise up and try to reintroduce the kind of racialized thinking that led to the the institutional abuses and still need that we will be the voice that opposes them as a community, not as isolated individually.
We have to have a communal vision to sustain our existence in this country. Because as the biblical Chronicle Chronicle are set, Where there is no vision, the people perish.
And part of our communal vision has to be that we see ourselves as a bulwark
for all those who are foundation for all those who want brotherhood and sisterhood, and the respect for all peoples, and equality of all people, and to see in our various races, which have come together in this country,
according to a divine plan,
as those who defend that vision and join with others who are defending that vision, this is how we have to see ourselves, amongst other things. And we have to see ourselves as people who are have been entrusted with a mission, and part of that mission is to destroy the racism and the vestiges of racism in this country. And of course, takes work. But if we can entertain and foster a vision for ourselves, that will be fulfilled, disconnected, if we can, on the basis of that that vision connect with those African Muslims who preceded us in this land
by the hundreds of 1000s, if not the millions, and who invested their blood sweat and tears and their free labor and building this land
we it will be difficult to see ourselves as having any sort of sense of rootedness.
But if we can, we will have deep roots, and those deep roots will give birth to a strong tree. And that tree will provide abundant shade and delicious fruits for everyone in this country to enjoy.
There are there are some other things you want to mention. But our time is expired. So we'll say this
we have we're not unique. As we said the law says he's one to test us with fear. We're not the first Muslim people
who've been in a place
where they saw they perceive some frightening realities.
And a lot of times it says emphatic whether the blue when the conditions
were not the first.
In fact, the prophetic community
they experienced days when it seemed like the whole world was against them.
And the loss of high mortality captured that those feelings and then he presented a solution.
And the Dean of
for that matter will call you have to know love with Nandan McKeon, those who the people said that the hosts are gathering against you fear that
it only increased their faith.
And they said
a lot Tyler, Allah, Almighty God suffices us quite an excellent one twin trust our warfare to hospital alone.
Why was the faith increased? Because when they realize there is no human agent that's going to help us. There is no human agent we can rely on.
their reliance in God was sincere.
their reliance in God was sincere. And when their reliance in God became sincere, their faith was catalyzed, energize and confirm. Because sincerity is what it's all about.
And then they said, God suffices us hospital no love. We're near the kid. What an excellent one to trust him. This was revealed after
and the Muslim suffered a terrible not just a physical setback, but a terrible sight psychological trauma, and that the setback came after the victory was right there to be had.
Muslims are mopping up
celebrating the victory. And then here comes Carly, we all know the story with his troops around the flank and they
decimated and decimate, but they
inflicted severe, severe blows on the Muslim forces and the Muslims were limping back into Medina. And the hypocrites were ridiculing them. Yeah, where's where's Allah? No, no, you should have left the profit alone should have let him stay in Mecca. Look what happened to you.
And then the Prophet, Silla selimiye rally them and they heard that the Quraysh they're gonna, they're marching on Medina.
And they're coming to finish off the Muslims.
And the prophets, Allah said that he didn't just sit there. He said, everyone would mobilize you were going to go meet them.
And so they marched out to meet them and Quraysh when they heard the Muslims are coming, they went back to Mecca.
They turn and they ran away.
And then what's the next verse phone color will be nearly Tim Miller
lamium says Sousou will temporarily global law, local law v. And so they they kept that that place camera asset, and they share the company of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and their spirits were restored, and the victory, the psychological trauma of the victory that was afflicted upon the defeat rather than was inflicted on them them was erased.
And they went back with the grace of a lot is bounty and the laws most expensive in his graces. So what is the point here? We're not in a physical battle that is not our place. We're in a battle of ideas, the idea of brotherhood, sisterhood and community against the idea of racism and segregation.
The Battle of, of love
versus hate, these are ideas.
And this is our battle. So the point just says the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, rally his forces to God and meet the forces that were arrayed against the Muslim, we have to rally ourselves in go and meet the forces of hatred and the forces of bigotry and the forces of racism and the forces of militarism head on
as a community
by being the strong and firm advocates of peace.
At a time when they say the Muslims are valid are the violent people.
What better time to stand up and affirm our commitment to peace,
we have to be the people who translate the realities of community that have joined us together in this gathering, into a deep seated, passionate commitment to brotherhood and sisterhood and community, what we can all come together and respect
and to work, not just for the betterment of this country for the betterment of our world, who has a better platform to do that,
than the most
is not ironic, and we'll stop here. We're over time. It's not ironic
it was an American Muslim, Mohammed
that was able to connect
not only with black folks in America as a champion
of the African American struggle, but white folks who became a champion of the anti war movement, which was an overwhelmingly white, young, white folk movement.
And then as his life progressed with many strategies
in this country, but also throughout the Muslim world, and then beyond the Muslim world, to the balance of that that time was referred to as the third world. It's not ironic that Muhammad Ali, as an American Muslim, could do what no one else on earth could do. Because of the way I watched him how to attack the circumstances Allah has created for him.
Those same circumstances that a lot of times we created for him, he's created for us. But for us to fulfill the historic purpose and role that Allah subhanho wa Taala is pointing us towards, we have those who feel that I feel vulnerable for the first time in my life, being in America.
The environment that he was in, when he stood up to challenge the war machine was worse than the environment we've experienced over the last two days.
It was worse.
So we have to have courage. And we have to have faith.
And we're in with a sharing a few nights
from an African American spiritual.
And it's it's all been checked. The Tokyo police affirm. It's okay.
But people who are struggling
and sacrificing and watching members of their community being murdered by a terrorist organization, terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan who were expressively for,
for that purpose, to frighten people from standing up and exercising their rights to vote, and, and to, to take in assuming their citizens right, seeing how much the community was empowered during Reconstruction to roll that back. So if anyone has an idea of rolling back anything today,
the people for install,
because they had faith, and we have to have faith. And so that song says, We've come this far by faith,
leaning on the Lord, trusting in His Holy Word. He's never failed us yet.
Whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, no turning raw.
We've come to this.
There is no turning round brothers and sisters.
Those who preceded us have invested too much. We've invested too much.
There's too much riding in the bounce. There's no turning round.
But if we're going to proceed, we have to proceed. Proceed. If we're going to proceed, we have to proceed with faith.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam
So today, we're stepping into sneaking in a lot.
And hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was
saying, you know, what have we been hammered in
Iraq, we've learned a lot less everyone.
In this congregation, bless your families versus your loved one, your loved ones, a lot. Allah protect us and protect all the people in this country. And throughout this world, metadata Allah bless us to become how powerful a powerful agent
for real change. And the real change is the change in the external institutions of society. That's very important. So working against structural racism, and May Allah give tofik to those working at that level. But at the end of the day, any institution, the police, the judiciary system, the penal system, the military, at the end of the day, is a composite, a collectivity of individual human beings. And they a lot of time to bless us to be those people, though, who, whose focal whose most
relevant and passionate work is changing the heart of the human being that will go on to be a member of the institution.
So that that heart is a heart of compassion, and a heart of love, and a heart that's filled and infused with brotherhood and sisterhood and a heart that can entertain a vision of a just society.
And when those hearts are changed, those institutions will change. Many times institutions change but the realities remain the same.
May the two come together the struggles against the structural
and justices and unjust institutions may they be met by those who are working to change the hearts of unjust individuals and no community has a monopoly on your unjust, most
Everything else, everyone else someone was passing around Trump's elected is the end of time because those who are properly qualified are assuming the route the positions of authority on a railway belong.
And then someone said, well, the world should have been there a long time, time ago, unless Saddam Hussein was qualified to accept that he was qualified to rule. Or some of these other Muslim dictators and tyrants.
Who were just a bunch of folks had the enlightened view of the philosopher king that Plato talked about, and will qualify to move.
So let's start with ourselves.
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